Learn How Your Parish Can Develop More Effective Christian Ministry

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How is the ECM Cohort organized?

The basic element is the parish Team

Each Team will be made up of 3-6 key ministry leaders of a parish. We strongly encourage you to include young adults in your Team. Each Team will have a Point Person who will coordinate things for the Team.

The next element is a Cohort.

Each Cohort will be made up of no more than 5 Teams. A Coach will work with each Cohort as the Teams learn and grow together.

Together, all the participants will make up the ECM Cohort. All participants in the ECM Cohort will gather for monthly Summits and Webinars that will set the tone for that month's learning. 

How much time can participants expect to devote to the ECM Cohort?

Participants will meet 3-4 times a month, with a monthly time commitment of 7-12 hours. Participants can expect the total hours of training, coaching, homework, and year planning throughout the full ECM Cohort to be approximately 78 hours. 

What does a typical month in the ECM Cohort look like?

A typical month for participants will look like this:

  • Week 1: Summit or Webinar (all ECM Cohort participants)
  • Week 2: Team meeting (without Coach), Reflection Homework due
  • Week 3: Cohort meeting or Coachinar
  • Week 4: Team meeting (with Coach), Applied Homework due

What are some key dates and expectations I should keep in mind?

Please mark down the below dates and ensure your availability:

  • Registration Closes: August 15
  • Summit 1: September 4, 2021 
  • Summit 2: December 4, 2021 
  • Summit 3: May 28, 2022
  • Webinars: 1st Tuesday of the Month (except September, December, and May)
  • Cohort Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Brave and Bold

Effective Christian Ministry is a brave, bold and honest step in manifesting God’s Kingdom in our youth ministries. Thank you for giving us this amazing gift! It's an absolute treasure! 

Scott Davenport

Ministry Volunteer, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, GA

Re-Thinking Ministry

Youth Ministry workers in our parish attended a one-day preview of this course in late September and found it to be informative, illuminating, and challenging.  Thank you!

Father Harry Pappas

Presiding Priest, Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, CT

About Our Team


Steven Christoforou is the Director of Y2AM. He's passionate about sharing the Gospel in a clear and accessible way and helping people see Christ at work in their lives. Steve and his Team create videos, podcasts, curricula, and retreats that have energized the faith of tens of thousands of people around the world. 

"Effective Christian Ministry" shares the vision that has made their work so transformative for so many people. 

Steve is a graduate of Yale University, Fordham University School of Law, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Cohort Director

Dr. Athanasia Kostakis is the "Effective Christian Ministry" Cohort Director for Y2AM. She's inspired by Christ’s commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” and motivated by Christ’s admonition that we are responsible for even the smallest gift in the Parable of the Talents.  She is dedicated to supporting life giving relationships and lay ministry in the Orthodox Church.

Athanasia is an established ministry leader with extensive experience in youth and young adult ministry. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (2007), a Master of Social Work from Boston University (2013), and Doctor of Ministry from Boston University (2018). 

She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker and has served as a Young Adult Mentor for the Telos Project. 

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